How to be an overcomer

Our God is a good Father. He desires that all of His children walk in victory on the earth. He desires that we grow and develop spiritually so that we overcome the trials and tests that the world, the devil and our own flesh bring against us.

Living a victorious Christian life doesn't mean that we will never face any adversities, but it does mean that through God's help we can overcome every single one! God will always cause us to triumph as we trust Him. As Christians, Jesus has provided everything we need to walk in victory. Trough His death and resurrection, He made it possible for us to walk free from all sin, sickness and poverty; however, we have an adversary who wants to rob us of this life of victory.

As we recognize this spiritual battle and the two opposing kingdoms, as we realize who we are in Christ and our authority over the enemy through Christ, we can truly walk in victory. It is at this point that many Christians move either forward of backward in their relationship with God.

Jesus came to give life and life in abundance to us. (John 10:10)
God wants us to always have victory (2 Corinthians 2:14)
It is God who gives us the victory (1 Corinthians 3:57 p.m.)
God says that we are conquerors through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37)
We are promised to overcome worlds when we believe in Jesus Christ (1 John 5:4-5)
The Bible states that we may have life and reign through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17)
Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37)

The Bible teaches that there are two kingdoms. These two invisible kingdoms are opposed to one another. Each kingdom has a king, as well as subjects, a governmental system and a strategy. It will help you as you learn to spiritually discern these kingdoms.

Before we received Jesus as Lord, we were in the dark kingdom. (Col. 1:13)
The only people who can see the kingdom of God are those who are born again. (John 3:3)

There are three characteristics that describe God's kingdom: righteousness, peace and joy.

You have an enemy. Satan, called the devil, is the adversary of the Christian. Satan's main goal is to blind the minds of unbelievers so that they do not receive Jesus as their Lord. Once a person has confessed Jesus as his Lord, satan's next goal is to paralyze the effectiveness of that Christian's witness by seeking to destroy his faith and causing him to doubt the validity of his own salvation, the Bible, or any facet of his faith.

Since the very beginning, satan has been trying to become a god. When the true and only God Almighty - our Father - cast satan out of heaven to the earth, satan began trying to destroy God's creation - man - to get back at God. However, there was on Man satan could not destroy through sin and that Man was Jesus Christ! Jesus totally defeated satan and has given us the legal right to His victory through His name.

Satan and Jesus are archenemies. It is not surprising that satan is our adversary. We need not be afraid of satan, but we do need to be aware of his devices so that we take authority, in the name of Jesus, over any of his attacks.

1) Discern satan and his schemes (Ep 6:12 and 1 Tim 6:12 and 1 Peter 5:8 and John 10:10)

2) Understand that Jesus defeated the devil (1 John 3:8 and Col 2:15 and Ep 1:20-22)

3) Recognize your authority over the devil
Jesus has granted you a position of authority over the devil. For example, in a secular job when you are in a position of authority you have the right to grant privileges to those who are under your authority. You can send one of your employees to represent you in a meeting or to speak for you in certain situations. You can send someone on an assignment, in your name, to act as your representative. By granting someone this right, you are giving him or her authority to act as you would act, to speak on your behalf and to represent you properly.

In the same way, Jesus Christ is in a position of authority as the King and Lord of the universe. He has the right to grant authority to anyone He wishes. Jesus has granted authority to every believer. He has given very believer the right to use His name. Jesus has given us "the power of attorney" to use His name to defeat the devil. As we exercise our authority through God's Word and in the name of Jesus, Jesus is responsible to make His promises good.

Jesus gave us the right to cast out demons (Mark 4:17)
Jesus gave us the power to overcome all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:18-19)
He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4)

4) Be familiar with your spiritual weapons
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Use the Word of God to resist the devil. Jesus quoted the Bible to the devil and said, "It is written" (Matthew 4:1-11)

5) Know how to exercise your authority over the enemy
It is the Word of God which is our most powerful weapon. The best thing to do is to daily study and read God's Word. Revelation 24:11 says that we can defeat Satan in our lives by the power of the Blood of Jesus and the words we confess.

Make sure you fill yourself with the Word of God and that you always speak in line with the Word. Because faith and confession has an amazing power.